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80
PSN Stores (Jan 24, 2013)
Yet I think where its strengths lie are in the fact that Book of Shadows is better at making me ‘feel’ some sort of emotion than most any other game in recent memory. There’s no happy ending for anyone who comes to the Corpse Party but that doesn’t stop you from wanting something good to come out of all of this. Even though that happy moment never comes, despite knowing that it’s never coming, it doesn’t change the fact that the ending of each character is just as impactful as the last. And that’s why you come to Corpse Party. You come to be scared, to try to test a fate that’s already been sealed, and to witness some downright horrifying events. Perhaps the same reason many of us just can’t get away from horror flicks. Corpse Party delivers on what fans of the genre desire and it delivers in spades. It’s not something for everyone but for those who enjoyed Corpse Party you’re going to love this and if any of this sounds intriguing to you, pick up both.
80
Pocket Gamer UK (Feb 15, 2013)
Scary and modern in all the right ways, Book of Shadows preserves the feel of its predecessor while improving on its aged gameplay and graphics.
70
Destructoid (Jan 25, 2013)
It's not like PlayStation Portable or Vita owners have been spoiled for choice when it comes to quality software as of late. Visual novels may be niche, but just about anyone can enjoy a good horror story. If you can get past the insipid gameplay, Corpse Party: Book of Shadows provides a pleasurable and haunting narrative that's well worth experiencing.
70
GameSpot (Jan 24, 2013)
Despite its sometimes tedious gameplay, Corpse Party: Book of Shadows is a rare horror game that manages to deliver on its intention to frighten you. Again, the 3D audio work excels with headphones, and several whispers work so effectively that you may find yourself looking over your shoulder if you're playing in the dark in an empty room. The lack of English dubbing seems disappointing at first, but the Japanese voice cast delivers such a memorable performance that it manages to stir emotions through the sound of the voices alone. Stick with Book of Shadows, and you'll find that it's worth every sleepless night you suffer from following the tale of Heavenly Host Elementary to its terrible end.
60
DarkZero (Feb 11, 2013)
Judging Book of Shadows is hard. As a standalone game for newcomers to the franchise, the story will leave you baffled compared to someone who would have experienced Corpse Party, and in that regard, looking at its way of storytelling comes off as a disjointed tale of horror that can give you a gloomy (in the right way) and uneasy time. However, I see it this way – go play the first Corpse Party and see how you feel about it. If you want more, then jump into Book of Shadows and enjoy it for what it is. Whatever you do though, do not start with this one as you’ll be left with a unfavorable impression towards what is not a bad attempt at a “fill in the details” follow up to Corpse Party. I just wish it was a true sequel instead.
58
IGN (Jan 23, 2013)
In a way, assigning a score to Book of Shadows feels arbitrary. It’s such a niche experience that you probably already know whether or not you want to play it. Does Japanese horror porn sound appealing to you? Well then this is right up your alley, and you’re probably going to enjoy it regardless of its relative quality as a game. If not, this probably isn’t going to convert you. Despite its best efforts, the storytelling just isn’t strong enough.
 
Diehard GameFan (Jan 23, 2013)
Corpse Party: Book of Shadows is a game made for the diehard fans of the original game, and for those people it’s a fantastic experience without a doubt, but anyone who didn’t love the original may find this wanting, and it’s absolutely not for anyone who didn’t play the original in the least.


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